Ohio road racing is struggling (basically two big time crits - Hyde Park and Tour de Grandview - and a smattering of parking lot stuff) but the gravel races are gnarly and the MTB racing exists (I don’t MTB so I can’t speak for it directly but there is a series all over the state and some other random events).
Come down and do Black Fork and Funk Bottoms 200k and we’ll have that chat
#1 on my list would be The Driftless 100. Know the organizer, grew up in the area, fantastic riding IMO. Hoping to race it this year, have a 500mi ultra at the end of March so we will see how I’m feeling, I’d really like to get a ‘sub-7 branding iron’
Snaggy Ridge 105 is another great one out of Tipton, IA. Look them up on Facebook, it went very informal in 2023, not 100% on its status for 2024.
Colesburg Back 40(used to go by the Colesburg Gravelpocalypse) is a great labor day weekend race.
Waukon 100(km) is a great course and a decently run event.
Hopefully you weren’t looking for paved events🤣, I’m not aware of much in that arena in the area anymore. There was TOMRV, that was back to back centuries(Davenport to Dubuque, then return the next day) but that ended after 2022 IIRC.
Has anyone completed Dairy Roubaix? I wanted to give it a try and have never done a gravel race. I was going to put some gravel tires on by Trek Boone that has a max tire clearance is measured ~38 mm. Does anyone have a tire recommendation?
First year on trainerroad and doing structured training so interested to see how things go. All races in Michigan and I’m sure I’ll add more but for now:
March - Melting Mann 35
April - Barry Roubaix 36
May - Hart Hills 24
May - Arcadia Grit and Gravel Big Grit
June - Lumberjack 100 (A race and first year)
June - Coast to Coast 100 (with my wife)
July - Cedar Blitz 36
November - Iceman (of course)
Watching MI-XC YouTube races with my music during intervals has been gold for my training.
Please let me refer you to the appropriate geography, also known as the Midwest Manifesto
I will specifically call your attention to the following passage regarding the state of Kansas:
“Lastly and importantly, from a cycling perspective … Unbound (the artist formerly known as the Dirty Kanza) is NOT a Midwest race. And to the West Coast goofballs who created the Belgian Waffle Rides, the ‘BWR - Kansas’ is NOT “The Hell of the Midwest” … they’re from San Diego, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised they don’t know better.
For these two reasons (among others) Kansas is permanently excommunicated from Midwest consideration. Best of luck to you in future endeavors.”